Gun­bower bridge closed, ‘not suit­able for traf­fic’

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

GUN­BOWER’S Fox Is­land Bridge has been closed to all traf­fic.

Fol­low­ing speed and load limit re­stric­tions placed on it in Fe­bru­ary, Cam­paspe Shire has closed the bridge due to fur­ther dam­age.

Mayor Adrian We­ston said the clo­sure was now nec­es­sary due to fur­ther in­spec­tions of the bridge re­veal­ing it had de­te­ri­o­rated be­yond a con­di­tion suit­able for any traf­fic.

“Coun­cil at­tempted to keep the bridge open with re­stricted ac­cess how­ever fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion has oc­curred due to larger weight ve­hi­cles con­tin­u­ing to use the bridge and not us­ing the signed de­tours in place,” he said.

“We tried to keep the bridge open for the com­mu­nity us­ing lim­ited weight and speed re­stric­tions, how­ever this has not been suc­cess­ful.”

The bridge is now closed to all traf­fic with signed de­tours in place. The de­tour op­tions are: ■ Lovers Lane, un­der 1km away with a width re­stric­tion and 9-tonne weight limit.

■ Gib­bon Road, 16km away, river­ine­herald.com.au an all-weather road 32-tonne weight limit.

In Septem­ber the Fed­eral Govern­ment an­nounced fund­ing of $904,200 un­der round three of the Bridges Re­newal Pro­gram to sup­port the re­place­ment of Fox Is­land Bridge.

This fund­ing will be matched by coun­cil so a new bridge can be built.

“De­signs are now un­der­way for the re­place­ment bridge, with works to start in the new fi­nan­cial year in line with the fund­ing guide­lines,” Cr We­ston said.

Works will take about four months to com­plete. with

ECHUCA’S Unit­ing Church hall will be bloom­ing to­mor­row for the fifth an­nual Na­tive Plant Show­case. Hun­dreds of plants (in­clud­ing the Blue Devil pic­tured above) will be dis­played when the Aus­tralian Plant So­ci­ety’s Echu­caMoama group host the event from 9am-4pm. En­try is $2 and there will be lucky door prizes and a raf­fle.

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